When I hear the words daily devotionals or the word devotion, my mind goes back in time to the very popular classic from the hit movie Grease, called, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” sung by Olivia Newton John :
“I’m hopelessly devoted to you
But now there’s nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I’m out of my head, hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you, hopelessly devoted to you”
But that kind of devotion is not what I’ll be referring to today.
No, I’m referring to DDT or Daily Devotional Time. So, what is DDT?
DDT or daily devotional time is spending specific time with God daily and as we do, we record our thoughts, prayers, scriptures and what God is teaching us through those thoughts, prayer and Scripture.
I will give you three disciplines for DDT:
- Daily devotionals – a devotional guide or manual that prompts or leads us in our
quiet time in conjunction with the Bible
- Journaling – record your thoughts, prayers, scriptures and what God is teaching you through prayer and Scripture
- Scripture memorization – memorize Scripture – this is the hardest part. My Scripture is memory is horrible. But don’t give up!
The best time to do your DDT is in the morning. Why?
- Biblically and practically – We need help with certain events or decisions. It should be an unhurried time, so we need to prepare in advance and make it a priority. We should secure the proper tools – Bible, journal, educational guide or manual.
(Mark 1:35; Psalm 119:147; Psalm 88:13)
It has been commanded for us: John 15:4-5; Joshua 1:7-8; Proverbs 22:17-18
It has been Implied – Someone does it and it is good for them and good for us too.
( Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 40:8; Psalm 63:1; John 8:31-32)
It has been modeled for us.
(Psalm 119:147; Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42/5:16 – Ongoing pattern for Jesus’ life)
Why read it consecutively each day? It’s more practical for daily living.
Where are some good places to start reading in the Bible? I’m glad you asked.
- Paul’s letters
- The Gospels
My friends, God is more interested in life changes and life transformation. Don’t allow DDT to overwhelm you.
Determine not to leave a passage until you find something God is speaking to you about – a definite application. Daily devotionals will help flush this out.
Go deep rather than far.
The benefits of DDT are:
- Health – Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 6:13
- Growth – 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18
- Joy and Hope – Psalm 16:11; Romans 15:13
- Guarding against sin – Psalm 119:11
- Bearing fruit – John 15:4-5
- Spiritual strength and prosperity – Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:6-8
- Doing the will of God – Matthew 7:24-27
- Victory in warfare – Ephesians 6:10-18
The immediate benefit – it helps that day
The cumulative benefit – Consistency, ongoing lifestyle that’s better for us
Fall hopelessly devoted and see what God will do in your life!
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